102 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Tuesday-Wednesday 10AM-5PM
Thursday 10AM-6PM
Friday 10AM-3PM
Saturday 11AM-3PM

Back when Iron Leaf Press started in a tiny apartment, I wasn’t sure where the ride would go. Three years, three presses, and our third studio later, we’re excited to be able to share our clean and colorful letterpress paper goods, both locally in our studio and world-wide.

Our paper goods are all designed and produced in our studio, located in a small town in the heart of the Midwest. We use three antique printing presses, along with a collection of wood and metal type to create our cards and paper goods. Along with our type collection, we combine old and new technology to print new designs on our antique presses. The smell of the ink, the feel of the paper, and the rhythms of the press are an experience all their own. One may say we’ve got ink in our blood.


Recent Posts

We’ve Moved!

It’s been awhile since the blog has had a post, so it is high time to dust her off! The past six months have been amazing, but crazy. We left off right before John and I got married in October. It was fantastic and I hope to share a peek at the paper goods soon.

Spent the day starting to fill this space. #newstudio #ironleafpress

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The day after we got back from our honeymoon, the new lease started on the space in Mount Vernon. We got most everything moved in October and while I was setting up the new studio, John started a new job too, which meant a lot of late nights for the both of us.

In December we decided we didn’t have enough fun moving the studio, so we went ahead and bought our first house together. We moved in February and are still working on making it our home.

Now that things are a bit more settled, I’m looking forward to working on some of my bigger goals for Iron Leaf Press. There is a greater retail presence with this new space, so I’ve not only been trying to add lots of new ILP goodies, I’ve also had the opportunity to add some of my favorite makers into the retail mix. We’ve got jewelry from the talented gals at Made Community out of Iowa City and fun party/packaging supplies from Knot and Bow. And just delivered this week are beautiful ring dishes and vessels from Briggs Shore Ceramics, handcrafted in Cedar Rapids. These small businesses are a lot like mine and I love the opportunity to bring their beautiful work to my little shop. 

Stop by the studio and see the new goodies.

Studio hours:
Tuesday-Wednesday 10-5  |  Thursday 10-6  |  Friday 10-3  |  Saturday 11-3

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